Fun-filled Arkville Day on Saturday

By Brian Sweeney
Arkville Day promises a fun-filled event to help celebrate the Town of Middletown’s 250th anniversary on Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Admission is free to Arkville Day and more than 25 vendors offering various goods, food and entertainment will set up booths adjacent to the Arkville Firehall as well as on the grounds of the neighboring Maple House and the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development. A quilting open house will also be held in the Erpf Gallery.

Parade fun
Kick-starting the action will be a large parade with marchers (and riders) stepping off at 11 a.m. from Sanford’s Auto Parts and proceeding east to the Delaware & Ulster Railroad (D&URR).
Floats, tractors, fire trucks, organizational groups and many others will participate in the parade. Some of the parade folks will be of the “historical” variety, in a nod to the 250th anniversary of Middletown’s founding.

Craft vendors will be offering a variety of items from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There will also be displays of antique cars and vintage tractors.
Live music by one of the region’s finest bands, Blues Maneuver, will have visitors up and dancing from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

The day’s fun will include a “bounce house” for kids, a barbecue and bake sale hosted by the Arkville Fire Department (the event sponsor) and various other refreshments. The department will be offering commemorative T-shirts and bumper stickers for sale.

Riding the rails
Down Route 28 a bit, the D&URR will enhance the celebration by offering “family friendly” train robberies at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The tourist train leaves the Arkville depot on a scenic round-trip ride to Roxbury. Tickets are available at the station.

Broken Spoke Stables of Grand Gorge will be on hand offering mini-trail rides via horseback.
Anyone wishing to join the parade fun or set up shop as a vendor, is invited to call 586-1600 or e-mail: for registration information.